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Old 12-16-2015, 10:51 AM   #21
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I thank you for each & all replies & suggestions.

We are NEWBIES & this will be our maiden epic drive up to Chilliwack & back to Florida, so we will try to be safe, comfortable with all amenities & with people around us.

We are planning our trip in mid to late May 2016 along with our Schnauzer to pick up the 17B, hang around some in & around Chilliwack, attend the Escape Osoyoos Rally at the end of May & start our leisurely trip back to Florida.
Once we decide our route from Chilliwack to Florida, we will research & visit people & places on our way back.

On the way up, we are driving to Austin, TX on I 10, attend a wedding & start on Monday May 9th to make it to our appointment on Monday May 16th in Chilliwack.
I am still looking into the different routes to get there from Austin about 2500 miles.

I am sure as we camp more we would be open to more camping places, Walmarts, boondocking.....


This is what I could gather from the suggestions which would suitable in OUR case.

- Stay at KOA campgrounds(Holiday Inn...ha), become a KOA member for the discounts & get a Map of their Campgrounds
- Yes, we will stick to Interstates for the most part
- Within reason, the rents of the Campgrounds will not be a consideration, at this point.

How do I find info about the RV resorts ? I imagine those will be nice.

Thanks much, with best regards.
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Old 12-16-2015, 11:47 AM   #22
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I agree with Bob's (Padlin) comments on the first page. We used a paper based campground directory, Woodalls, for years, and now use an "All Stays" app. These show campgrounds in the immediate area, or any area, with a description of facilities, reviews, cost, location, etc.

Do keep public campgrounds on your list, we've found these to be the best. Many of the state & county CG are very pleasant with nice facilities. They are usually not as crammed together as private CG. I'm confident you will find this true as you become comfortable with travelling. We prefer National Forest camps but that usually comes with a pit toilet and no shower.

I dislike memberships. In our experience they do as intended, push you towards a particular campground. This even if it's not the best in the area.

And remember, camping is an adventure. It'll stretch your world, from amazingly wonderful to unpleasant. The balance is far superior to sitting at home though.

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Old 12-16-2015, 11:53 AM   #23
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How do I find info about the RV resorts ? I imagine those will be nice.

Thanks much, with best regards.
That is a difficult question. I've found that adding "resort" to the campground's name doesn't have much to do with the quality of the facilities. Most of the time it means the hookups will be in the wrong place & the price will be higher. I have managed to find & stay in a few true resorts, with hot tubs, etc but just as often I've found ones that I wouldn't go back to.

Reading RV Park Reviews can be useful as long as you understand that everyone has their own idea of what makes a "Good" campground.

I also really like staying at county parks. More difficult to find, but ofter worth the trouble. Also worth checking are city parks. Many are free for at least the first night, often with at least water & electric. A good campground app on a smart phone can help. I use AllStays Camp & RV and for non commercial parks the Ultimate Campground Project app. While the apps are easier to use, both can be used on a browser at their websites.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:32 PM   #24
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I find that unless I am staying at a specific location for more than 3 consecutive nights, full-services is a waste of time and $ for me. If electricity is available that is great and we use it. If not, we are fine with solar and batteries. I normally dump the holding tanks and fill the freshwater tank when leaving a site and the storage capacities on my Escape easily lasts me for at least 3 days. Longer than 3 days and I may have to go to a dump/fill station at mid-stay, thus full hookups become attractive.
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Old 12-16-2015, 03:42 PM   #25
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I've found that adding "resort" to the campground's name doesn't have much to do with the quality of the facilities. Most of the time it means the hookups will be in the wrong place...
I get that "resort" in the name doesn't mean much, but why would it mean hookups in the wrong place, any more than any other style of serviced site?

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I also really like staying at county parks. More difficult to find, but ofter worth the trouble. Also worth checking are city parks. Many are free for at least the first night, often with at least water & electric.
We have found a couple of good municipal campgrounds. Sometimes the municipality has access to land that a private operator couldn't afford, treats it as parkland (rather than a crowed parking lot), and operates it economically and without needing to make a profit. The result can be pleasant (although not luxurious) and and excellent value.
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The hookups are on the wrong side because the are installed to accommodate those huge motor homes that like to park with the front window facing the 'view'. Those are the common clients at 'resort' parks.
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Old 12-16-2015, 03:51 PM   #27
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The hookups are on the wrong side because the are installed to accommodate those huge motor homes that like to park with the front window facing the 'view'. Those are the common clients at 'resort' parks.
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The services are in the same place (rearward on driver's side) on both trailers and motorhomes, but if the site is set up to accommodate motorhomes going in forward, they would be wrong for a trailer (and for anyone backing in a motorhome). I haven't run across this arrangement, but it does make sense for some locations.
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Sometimes the hookups are on the wrong side because the builders wanted to save money by installing a single services pedestal to serve two adjacent sites.
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One disadvantage of full hookups is that there is no hose set-up for rinsing the sewer hose as there usually is at a dump station. That may mean that full hookup sites have people using the potable water connection to rinse their dump hose. Some of us consider a hose for rinsing an amenity.

"Safe" is just about any campground in season or even out of season on weekends. Weekdays out of season one might be more careful about where to camp if no one or few are around. There should be a good number of people out in mid-May and after.
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I carry a potable water hose for the city water fill and I carry an old garden hose for rinsing the stinky. Detach potable hose and attach garden hose.
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